Date: February 9, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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James has been very efficient

From Elias: LeBron James scored 30 points and made nine of 11 shots from the field in Miami's win over the Clippers. James has scored at least 30 points while making at least 60 percent of his shots from the field in four straight games. Only two players had a streak like that over the last 22 seasons: Shaquille O'Neal had a four-game streak in January 1998 and Amar'e Stoudemire had a four-game streak in November 2004.

Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat

Home team dominates Clippers-heat matchup

From Elias: Over the last five seasons (2008-09 to date), all nine games between the Clippers and the Heat were won by the home team. There are only two other pairs of teams in which the home team has won every matchup over the past five years - the Raptors/Rockets (10 games) and the Grizzlies/Magic (seven games).

Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat


Kobe scored 20, all in the second half

From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, all in the second half, as the Lakers defeated the Bobcats. The last time Bryant scored 20 or more points in a game, all in the second half was on December 12, 1997 against the Rockets. Kobe scored 27 second-half points after being blanked in the first half in a game he did not start.

Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Lakers


Harden joining elite company

From Elias: James Harden had another stellar performance for the Rockets, scoring 35 points, grabbing seven rebounds and handing out 11 assists. This follows a game in which he scored 36 points with 12 rebounds and seven assists. Only three other active players had back-to-back games with at least 35 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in their careers: LeBron James did it several times, Dwyane Wade (Feb./Mar. 2009) and Kobe Bryant (December 2006).

Houston Rockets

The Wizards are beating the big boys

From Elias: The Wizards have won three straight games, all against teams that were at least nine games over .500 at the time of the game: the Clippers (34-15 at the time of the game), Knicks (31-15) and Nets (29-20). It's the first time in franchise history that the Wizards have fashioned such a winning streak.

Washington Wizards


Monroe brings back memories of Hill

From Elias: Greg Monroe scored 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out five assists for the Pistons in their victory over the Spurs. The last Detroit player to reach those levels in all three categories in one game was Grant Hill on December 3, 1997 against the Suns in a triple-overtime game. Hill scored 27 points with 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs


Another triple/double against the Hawks

From Elias: Greivis Vasquez had a triple/double in the Hornets' win over the Hawks. It was the fourth triple/double of the season allowed by Atlanta. Rajan Rondo had two against them and Jordan Crawford one. Only one team has allowed as many triple/doubles as the Hawks this season: the Bobcats have also allowed four.

Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Hornets


Korver breaks Hawks record

From Elias: Kyle Korver went 3-for-6 from three-point range in the Hawks' loss to the Hornets. Korver has made at least one three-pointer in each of his last 43 games, the longest such streak in Hawks franchise history. Korver had been tied with Mookie Blaylock, who made a three-point field goal in 42 straight games spanning the 1995-96 (last 14 games) and 1996-97 (first 28 games) seasons.

Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Hornets


`Melo scores 36

From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points in the Knicks' win over the Timberwolves. It was the eighth time this season that `Melo scored at least 35 points. Kevin Durant (12) and Kobe Bryant (9) are the only players with more such games than Anthony. The Knicks are only 4-4 in those eight games.

Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks


Gay impresses early in Toronto

From Elias: Rudy Gay has scored 97 points in his first four games with the Raptors. That's the most points scored by any player in his first four games with Toronto. The previous record was 78 by Donyell Marshall in December 2003.

Toronto Raptors

The Thunder are winning loud

From Elias: The Thunder have won three straight games, all by at least 21 points. They beat Dallas 112-91, Golden State 119-98 and Phoenix 127-96. The last time the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise won three straight games all by at least 21 points was in February 1994 when the SuperSonics had a four-game streak against Pistons (108-84), Bucks (115-94), Trail Blazers (115-94) and 76ers (133-105).

Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns

Grizzlies dominate Warriors in their cave

From Elias: The Grizzlies beat the Warriors, 99-93, Friday night. It was the Grizzlies' eighth consecutive home win over the Warriors. That matches the longest home winning streak against any one team in the history of the Grizzlies franchise. Memphis has won its last eight home games against the Wizards.

Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies



Benn there, done that

From Elias: Jamie Benn scored a goal in the Stars' win over the Ducks. Benn has scored four goals over his last three games, matching the most goals he has ever scored over any three-game span in his NHL career. Benn scored four goals over three games in January 2012 and March 2012.

Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars